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Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square built to serve as the front door for entrepreneurs in East Tennessee.

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KEC helps entrepreneurs in Knoxville start and grow successful businesses. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for advice, guidance or assistance on how to move forward, we want to know you.


Pay it forward at KEC: become a mentor and help create the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Don’t quite know how you fit in, but think it sounds like fun? You’re right! Come learn more about how entrepreneurs are creating a buzz in our community.

KEC’s Mission:

To build a community where entrepreneurs have access to the capital, customers, and talent they need to be successful.

Upcoming Events


14apr9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
14apr12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
28apr5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC LiftOff at Night


12may9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
12may12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
26may5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC LiftOff at Night


9jun9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
9jun12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
23jun5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC LiftOff at Night
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From Our Blog:

KEC Accessibility Information- “I want to get to KEC, but I don’t know how?”   The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is located in beautiful, downtown Market Square directly below the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce....
Congrats to our WTBI 2020 Winner: Mike Benn & SongBoarding!- 7 teams.. 48 hours.. 3 judges.. Countless Le Croix..   On Sunday, March 1st, the seven teams participating in our annual What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour accelerator and pitch competition...
2020 What’s The Big Idea Pitch Competition Finalists Announced!- KEC is so excited to announce the seven finalists for our 2020 What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour Pitch Competition! These seven teams of entrepreneurs will spend 48 consecutive hours refining their...
Red Stag Fulfillment Laying Deeper Roots in Knoxville with Fulfillment Center Expansion- Red Stag Fulfillment was founded by two successful entrepreneurs who vowed to give ecommerce businesses the enterprise-level fulfillment solution they wished they’d had for their businesses from the beginning.   ...
LitUp Teen Literature Fest is Taking Over Downtown Knoxville!- On Sunday October 13th Knox County Public Library’s LitUp Festival will be taking over downtown Knoxville! All day long there will be free activities that explore creativity and thinking for teens ages...
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We owe everything to KEC and its staff, mentors, and community. KEC knows how to kick-start businesses, and Audiohand is living proof.

Haseeb Qureshi, CEO of Audiohand

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